Charities to get funding boost

THE Parliamentary Secretary for Community Services, Julie Collins, yesterday announced the Gillard Government would provide an additional $1.03 million in emergency relief funding to community and charitable organisations to help flood-affected Queenslanders.

The Emergency Relief funding will be spread across flood-affected areas including Goodna, Riverview and the Ipswich region, Brisbane, Darling Downs, Fitzroy, Mackay, and the Sunshine Coast.

The funds will go to existing emergency relief services in the affected areas and will help to provide food, clothing, household items and financial support to those coping with the flooding crisis.

Ms Collins is visiting community organisations in Brisbane, Ipswich and Toowoomba to see how service providers were responding to the recovery effort.

“I am heartened by the efforts of the many people who have worked tirelessly to ensure that the delivery of services to local communities continues throughout the recovery phase,” she said.

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